June 16, 2020 9 AM

Power Women Boost the CEE Innovation Scene 

For the first time in the six editions, the Grand Final Jury will be composed nearly completely by women leading the change in the energy sector.

With its expanded PowerUp! Challenge programme, EIT InnoEnergy offers startups, SMEs and scale-ups financial investment, know-how and an extended network to ensure global success. 

Apart from supporting teams and smaller companies get to their next level, this year InnoEnergy shows its commitment to gender equality as well. The panel of judges at the Grand final event of the PowerUp! Challenge – the biggest startup competition in the CEE region – will be dominated by women in 2020. 

Why women’s presence is important in these sectors? Because in the venture capital industry, women only make 5% of the managing partners at EU-based venture capital firms*, and women are also severely underrepresented in the energy sector too**. On the 25th June at EIT InnoEnergy’s prestigious Grand final event, the panel of the jury will decide which team brings home the Startup of the Year of the CEE region title, and the main prize, 50,000 euros. 

The members of the jury: 

Oksana Prykhodko works as an Innovation manager at DTEK. She is responsible for gathering business challenges, selecting promising technological opportunities to develop them further, and to implement innovative solutions in the DTEK enterprises. DTEK is the largest Ukrainian power generation and distribution company, and the Gold partner of InnoEnergy’s PowerUp! the second year in a row. 

Marzena Bielecka is the Managing Partner and Founder of the Experior Venture Fund, she is responsible for the fund’s operations, including deal-sourcing. She has extensive experience in managing companies as well as in investment supervision. She is an expert in the areas of capital markets, capital raising, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring. 

Jennifer Dungs has spent over 20 years in the automotive industry and has in-depth knowledge from the industry on topics related to sustainability, alternative powertrain technologies, and services for mobility and Smart Cities. Jennifer is responsible for investments in Energy for Transport and Mobility at EIT InnoEnergy. 

Dominik Zalewski, urbanist by training, spent the last 7 years working as a CFO for top European Venture Capital funds: Point Nine Capital and e.ventures. He supported the investments in 100+ tech startups, across various stages: from pre-Seed to IPO. Dominik is a co-founder of urban tech agency, Urban Impact. 

*source: http://evf.com.pl/en/european-women-vc 

**source: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2019/608867/IPOL_STU(2019)608867_EN.pdf